Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week April 27, 2023

Southport fire crews practice rescuing medical patients from top of Oak Island (NC) Lighthouse

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Medical incidents don’t always occur in easy-to-access places.

Oak Island, NC – USLHS archives

With that in mind, crews with the Southport Fire Department recently took part in rescue training from the top of Oak Island Lighthouse.

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Scottish Lighthouse workers to strike over pay

Lighthouse workers are set to strike in a dispute over pay  with more than 90 per cent supporting NLB (Northern Lighthouse Board) action.

The NLB maintains 208 lighthouses throughout Scotland with ten major lighthouses in Shetland. 

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Newport’s Lighthouse Point opens on Jersey City waterfront (PHOTOS)

Newport officials officially unveiled its newest open space on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, the 12,000-square-foot Lighthouse Point. 

LeFrak (faux lighthouse), NJ – Mark Wyville

“The opening of this space is yet another example of Newport’s commitment to the people of Jersey City,” Jeremy Farrell, managing director at Newport said after members of Lefrak and Simon cut the ribbon. “This is a place for people to gather, enjoy and take in the views that are inextricably linked to this neighborhood.”

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Pigeon Point (CA) – A lighthouse to call your own 

It turns out that Pigeon Point was Whale Point until the Carrier Pigeon ran into it.

Pigeon Point, CA – Cheryl Costella

That was 1853, and the Gold Rush had begun with a bang, sending dozens of ships a month towards this hypnotically beautiful… 

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Volunteer Docents Sought for Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, ME

As the summer season approaches, the Friends of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse seek volunteer docents dedicated to educating and engaging visitors about the rich history of the lighthouse and its Maine coastal surroundings.

Pemaquid Point, ME – Shirley Yin

Docents provide information regarding the lighthouse’s construction and renovations, the lives of keepers, and events that have occurred at the site

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9 Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in 2023

We have within a few hours’ drive of Grand Rapids some of the most unique scenery on the planet. Where else in the world can one gaze upon beacons protruding from a body of water that, under the right conditions, appears to fade into infinity as the sun dips below the horizon?

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, why not make it a goal this year to visit just a few of these majestic marvels? You’ll be glad you did.

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Brant Point Lighthouse (MA) Gets Long-Awaited Paint Job And Maintenance

The Brant Point Lighthouse received a long-awaited paint job Friday morning along with other maintenance work, and the landmark is now looking better than it has in years.

Brant Point, MA – Rich Buckner

The Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation team based in Woods Hole visited the island on Friday to complete the work, which island residents and town officials had been requesting for years as the iconic lighthouse had fallen into a state of decay.

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2 Upper Peninsula Michigan lighthouses, Rock of Ages Lighthouse and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, slated for restoration program

UPPER PENINSULA — The State of Michigan lays claim to many trophies. To name a few:

  • #1 producer of tart cherries
  • Longest freshwater coastline (3,200 miles)
  • The state with the only authentic, operating Dutch windmill
  • Second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, after California

And, of course, Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the nation, with 120 lighthouses dotting the shoreline.

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Canada is still hiring a lighthouse keeper’s (various locations) in BC, and it pays pretty well

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a lighthouse keeper, the Government of Canada is hiring for just the job for qualified BC and Canadian residents.

Fisgard BC, Canada – USLHS archives

The job in question is assistant lightkeeper, and it is offered through Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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Sandy Neck, MA: A Historic Colony on a Sandy Spit

WEST BARNSTABLE – Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable, one of the longest beaches on Cape Cod, has an interesting history.

To see that history requires off-roading.

Sandy Neck, MA – Jeremy D’Entremont

Along the Sandy Neck trails leading to the peninsula’s tip is where the true heart and soul of the area is found.

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